Illawarra Newsroom

Mount Kembla mine disaster remembered


A service of remembrance has been held for the 96 men and boys who lost their lives in the Mount Kembla mine disaster in 1902.

Representatives from South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal and the local community attended the service on Friday evening at Windy Gully Cemetery, Mount Kembla, which marked the 118th anniversary of the disaster.

“The Mount Kembla mine disaster devastated the local community and deeply affected the entire Illawarra region. This is a time to reflect and remember those who lost their lives and to remember the importance of safety in everything we do,” said South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal Vice President Operations Wayne Bull.

“The 96 men and boys who died in this tragedy were hardworking fathers, brothers and sons. We honour their memory now by working safely and ensuring our employees return home to their families at the end of each day.”

A candle was lit for each of the victims and author Wendy Richardson read her poem about the disaster, Windy Gully. The service ended with a minute’s silence and a lament by a lone piper from the Illawarra Pipe Band.